What are your plans for Memorial Day 2017? Are you planning to take a vacation, stay home, or venture out around your own hometown? Memorial Day is an excellent time to experience the many things offered in major cities for those seeking choices for their travel and leisure.
Come out to New York, Atlanta, and Charlotte and enjoy a weekend set aside to honor the men and women, both past and present, who spend their lives protecting our country. Not only will you get to visit these awesome cities, you will feel great that you were able to support the people who help keep you, your family, and this country safe.
As the largest city in the United States, New York is an exciting place to visit, especially during national holidays. Perhaps the best part about spending the holiday weekend in New York City is the chance to explore the city itself.
The largest Memorial Day parade in the country is the Little Neck-Douglaston Parade. It is free and open to the public, includes a military band, and this year will feature the U.S. Air Force. It begins at 2 p.m. The starting location is to be determined. Additionally, there is a parade in Brooklyn, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. It begins at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day and runs from Third Ave. to 78th St and ends at Fort Hamilton.
Museums, such as the American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Modern Art are great places to go to get out of the warm weather and experience how much culture the city has to offer. Don’t forget to check out the Museum of the City of New York. Located near Central Park, it provides a look at the people and culture who have shaped the history of the city.
Provided the weather is good, Memorial Day is a great opportunity to live like a local and spend some time picnicking in the park. Grab a blanket and a grill, and relax on the green grass. Both Central Park in Manhattan and Prospect Park in Brooklyn allow BBQ grills. But remember to keep it family friendly in Central Park, as there is a no alcohol polic
A trip to New York City would not be complete without a trip to Ellis and Liberty Islands. The views from the ferry are unbeatable, and a day meant for honoring people who sacrificed for this country is the best time to learn more about American history. Check out the museum on Ellis Island, and learn about the immigrants who settled in the United States.
Finally, Fleet Week New York is scheduled for May 24th-30th. During the week, nearly 5,000 Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen visit the city. This event is special because it gives the public a chance to visit participating ships, attend military band concerts, aviation demonstrations, and many exhibits that showcase the dedication of the men and women working at sea.
Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to experience some of the things that make the city great while paying respect to Americans who gave their lives for the country. Reaching New York is really easy, especially if you decide not to drive.
Various events are available both in Atlanta and the surrounding areas. Whatever visitors desire for their Memorial Day pleasure can be found making Atlanta the perfect Holiday destination. Choices are offering a showcase of the Memorial holiday to provide fun for people of all ages present in the Atlanta area.
An event open to the entire family, Stone Mountain Park is celebrating the Troops with an exciting array of activities during the holiday. The Support the Troops, the event runs May 26 thru the 29th from 10:30 AM to 8 PM, with the fireworks at 9:30 PM. The park offers visitors the options to Ride the Ducks for a wet and wild tour. Other, park activities include: Summit Skyride that provides a one of a kind soaring view of Atlanta, Geyser Towers produces an adventurous water attraction, and one of the country’s most amazing attractions with SkyHike, an adventure of ropes that delights the senses. Events for Memorial Day include the Lasershow Spectacular provided in awe-inspiring Mountainvision and a fireworks extravaganza for a finale to the Holiday.
Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend with a visit during this Brew at the Zoo, thrill at the multitudes of exotic animals from around the world and taste over 70 varieties of beer and wine.
Taste-testing the beverages while listening to music at five different locations throughout the park. Various options are available from the basic admission that offers the general tasting, commemorative tasting cup, and enhance zoo experience. This event is open to those over the age of 21, on Saturday, May 27th from 4:30 to 10 PM. Shrine Circus at the Jim Miller Park Thrills, chills and the Big Top provided with the Yaarab’s Shrine Circus. This 75th-anniversary production showcases the world renown Wallenda Family, The Real Steel Riders with their fiery globe, The Flying Cortez, and many other circus phenomena. The Big Top, animals, acrobats, and clowns fill the visitor entertainment to last a lifetime. The show runs from May 27th until the end of the Memorial Day Weekend on the 29th.
For the food lovers, “Dives to Dining Plaza Midwood Food Tour” part of FEAST, offers walking food tours. You’ll be provided with the meeting location on your ticket, once purchased. If you are unable to take the walking tour, why not have a sit-down dinner with a twist? “The Dinner Detective is a fun, interactive alternative. You will sit down to a nice dinner and have the opportunity to win great prizes.
What else goes well with a celebration but some good old fashion beer and laughter? Beginning at the 7th Street Public Market, you will take a tour through Charlotte. You will get to see the history and beautiful buildings throughout. It is a Bring Your Own Beverage (beer or wine), so you do not have to worry about the hassle of a bar tab. However, you will be stopping halfway through the tour for a quick bathroom break and visit one of the local bars. To top off the beautiful tour, you will be listening to the comedic relief of your bus guide.
Joyfest, at the awesome venue of Carowinds, brings the sounds of Gospel music to the stage. This is a great place for families to enjoy a day of rides and games. Afterwards, take time to relax while watching musical guests from all over the USA. With a valid military I.D., military men and women will have free admission.
But let us not forget the reason for this wonderful holiday weekend. Charlotte, NC will be holding Memorial Day activities throughout the city. At the Charlotte Motor Speedway, there will be a pre-race Memorial Day show in honor of our military. Also, the Patriot Military Family Foundation will host a 5K for all you runners out there. If you are not into running, this race is created for you walkers as well. Participants are asked, if they are willing, to “go the extra mile” by walking or running one extra mile in honor of the military men and women.
Family, friends, remembrance, and fun, that is what Memorial Day is all about! New York, Atlanta, and Charlotte have many options to choose to honor our military. Grab your family, your friends, or come solo and join in the festivities.